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    The tank sure sounds like a regular air over water steel tank, not a bladder tank.
    Just to clarify, a Schraeder valve is like the valve you air a tire up with. A snifter valve is the type of valve that an air volume control uses.
    If the tank isn't a bladder type, and there is a snifter valve installed, there should be a line from the valve to the tank.
    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddeblance
    If it's a pressure tank it needs the check valve and schrader valve?
    Yes it does, get the brand name and number off of it.

    Rancher

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumpman
    Just to clarify, a Schraeder valve is like the valve you air a tire up with. A snifter valve is the type of valve that an air volume control uses.
    If the tank isn't a bladder type, and there is a snifter valve installed, there should be a line from the valve to the tank.
    Ron, I think technically they are both Schrader valves, what makes the snifter unique is the low amount of pressure it takes to open it, which I believe is about 1psi. Are you supposed to run tubing from the snifter valve to the air volume control?

    Rancher

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    Ok, the tank is a Pro-Source Retention Tank. I was wrong.

    But on my way home I picked up another schrader valve. I removed the old one and before I installed the new one I noticed that I could see some white plastic inside the check valve. Well it looks like it has a crack in it.
    So looks like that's my problem and needs replacing.

    Thanks for all of your help with this and putting up with my lack of knowlege. But that's part of learning right.

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    Ok, problem solved. Over the weekend I pulled the check valve and replaced. I cleaned up the pump swithc of good measure. Been working fine with excellent pressure throughout the house, washing machine on and dish washer and all!!
    Thanks for all the help and feed back I received.

    -DD

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    This has been a confusing thread. The problem may be just starting if you saw white plastic pieces like shreaded wheat in your valves. This could be the beginning of the shreading of the impellers in the old Sta-Rite shread-O-matic that they put out in the eightys. It was a big engineering screw up on their part and they had thousands of these pumps go bad in all sorts of time frames.

    bob...

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    Speedbump, I didn't see anything like shreaded wheat in hte check valve. After I pulled the valve and could look into it, there was a white plastic ring that is part of the mech in the valve. It was cracked. Probably letting water seap back from the tank into the well. I should have taken pictures of it before I tossed it. But the new valve doesn't have anything plastic in it.

    Not sure what's so confussing here. Maybe just my wording.

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    That's a good thing. I thought you said you saw shavings of plastic, and that is what the Shred-O-Matic impellers look like when they start going.

    bob...

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    Ok, this is what my check valve looked like. See where the spring pushes against the casing and the other end against the white plastic. That is where it was cracked. Probably off centering the spring causing the seal to be off center as well.

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    I'm partial to the all brass models.

    bob...

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